by Allen Ratta (@allenratta)
In this series, we have seen how the emerging technologies of social networking, digital content and mobile computing have converged to create an unprecedented impact on societal norms. Societal change has always presented the Church with new opportunities to spread its message. This is the hour for Christian leaders to step up to the whiteboard of innovation, erase their preconceptions and begin to formulate new strategies for effective ministry. Let me suggest some initial directions in which to look.
The Empowerment of the Individual
We have entered a world where the walls that limit personal influence have been eradicated. This means that every church attendee has the potential to start or participate in a revolution. It will take inspired church leadership to show them the possibilities that lie in front of them.
Given the proliferation of mobile devices, what is to stop an individual from inviting online, social network friends to join them in a local restaurant or a home for a spontaneous or regularly scheduled off-site video venue of a church’s service? Attendees could tap in with a smart phone app and even participate in the offering.
The Power of Distributed Care
Imagine a church comprised of hundreds of clusters of online social networks with everyone caring for everyone through the power of real time information flowing among the flock whenever and wherever they may be located.
The Power of Interconnected Social Networks
There are new opportunities for evangelism as Christian-centered online social networks interact fluidly with friends and family networks. You could practice lifestyle evangelism with people you never meet.
Pastors can participate in online social networks with other pastors to group think and share ideas that are working in the face of such unprecedented opportunities to creatively advance the Kingdom of God.
It's exciting and truly mind-boggling!
How do you feel about the Kingdom potential of the emerging technologies we now have?
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